The Illinois Supreme Court has declared a decades-old eavesdropping law unconstitutional.
The unanimous decision was released Thursday and argues the Illinois law violates free speech and due process protections under the U.S. and Illinois constitutions.
Under the 1961 law it was a felony to make an audio recording of a conversation without the consent of all parties. However, the court ruled the law, as it was written, was too broad and criminalizes recordings that are obviously public.
Annabel Melongo is the central figure in the ruling. She was charged in 2010 for recording a Cook County court official and spent over a year in jail waiting to go to trial. The jury in her case could not come to a verdict.
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